You are spending too much time in the kitchen and wasting money. Here’s how to stop:
Homeowners spend most of their time in the kitchen: cooking, cleaning, stocking or throwing food away. We have the opportunity to choose what method to use for these tasks. A homeowner can cook in the microwave, oven, stove or crockpot. Homeowners can hand wash their dishes or use the dishwasher. Not all options are equal when it comes to money-saving energy efficiency. Here are 3 methods you can use in the kitchen to save energy and money at the same time.
Is it better to hand wash or use a dishwasher?
Are you hand washing your dishes to save money? If the answer is yes, stop right now. The truth is hand washing your dishes is more expensive than using a dishwasher. Using an ENERGY STAR dishwasher saves a homeowner $40 per year compared to hand washing. Energy efficient dishwashers use less than half the amount of energy while also saving close to 5,000 gallons of water per year. ENERGY STAR dishwashers can also save you more than 230 hours of hard work hand washing over the course of a year. Give your hands a break and put your dishwasher to work instead.
Is a microwave or oven more efficient?
When is the best time to use a microwave instead of an oven? Ovens are ideal for large dishes, but when it comes to smaller dishes, microwaves are significantly more energy efficient. Ovens burn time and energy when preheating foods. Make sure when cooking smaller portions, you use a microwave. According to ENERGY STAR, microwaves can reduce your energy usage by 80 percent when cooking smaller portions. Microwaves use 60 percent of their energy usage on cooking food while ovens use only 14 percent directly on food.
How to use your stove correctly
Using your stove correctly can save you money. Did you know that a simple mistake such as using a 6-inch pan on top of an 8-inch burner can waste more than 40 percent of your heat? Here is another tip for those that use a gas stove: a blue flame indicates you are perfect, a yellow flame indicates that your burner may not be efficient. Check to make sure your pans are properly placed.